In 2015, I moved from Nebraska to Texas. Like most moves, it brought a tremendous amount of change.
At the same time, I was in the midst of training for my first IRONMAN and coming up on some key workouts in race preparation. I was not only moving my belongings, I was also taking months of solid improvements into the intense Texas summers.
The heat and humidity were nearly intolerable. But what I found worse than these environmental factors was the mental stress I experienced when I was unable to hit my previous training paces. This change was as intolerable as the temperature.
I knew and understood my pace would change in hotter weather, but I didn’t know how much it should. Was I going too slowly? Or was I pushing too hard in these conditions? How could I monitor my progress in these harsh conditions? It was clear this wasn’t Nebraska. I had to change my perspective.
TriDot immensely benefited me in adapting to the Texas environment. It’s a revolutionary approach on many levels that requires you to change how you think about triathlon training.
TriDot incorporates environmental normalization, or “ENorm” technology, into daily training and workout plans. It takes the guesswork out of pacing. TriDot recognizes your pace is different in 75 degrees versus 95 degrees or 50% humidity versus 80% humidity.
ENorm technology provides my answer to the above mentioned training dilemma.
TriDot workouts focus on duration and intensity. They’re designed according to the athlete’s age, biometrics, sport experience, current fitness level, TriDot Scores, and training stress profile. When athletes create their profile, they identify their geographical location. Based on the athlete’s location, training paces are automatically modified to fit the current weather.
Traveling for business? On vacation? No problem. Athletes can manually input their location or heat and humidity factors to find their specific training paces for that day’s workout.
By incorporating environmental factors into training, TriDot athletes train at an appropriate pace that maximizes the effectiveness of each training session.
It’s optimized training thanks in part to environmental normalization. And it delivers better results in up to 30% less training time.
How’s that for a change?
All TriDot athletes receive workouts that are specifically tailored to their needs, taking the guesswork out of training intensities as they incorporate environmental factors that are unique to each athlete’s situation.
How significant a role do you think environmental factors play in your triathlon training?
Elizabeth James is a World-Championship Qualifier IRONMAN, a USAT Level 1 Certified Coach, and a TriDot Coach. She made the transition from running marathons to triathlon in 2012. She and her husband, Charles, live in Wylie, Texas.